Plautdietsch wrote:I'm gonna go with Randall just wanting to mess with our heads, and to see how many die-hard beer lovers are gonna get upset.
I don't like beer. And I suspect this has more to do with genetics than acquired tastes: as somebody else mentioned, some of us are "supertasters" and are more sensitive to certain flavors. Alcohol is too bitter for me, and so is coffee - even though I like other bitter things like dark (75% cacao) chocolate. Not sure why that is. And I'm pretty sure all the beers I've tasted were good quality.
The reason I don't start making up conspiracy theories like today's comic is because I love black licorice. (My dad thinks I'm insane. He hates the stuff.)
For me, things that taste too strong just require a type of "tolerance" build-up.
Coffee, chocolate, alcohol, spice(hot), horseradish, menthol, dark leafy greens, etc.
They all require (for a lot of people), repeat exposure before the person can
start liking them. And the best way to get exposure is incrementally. Slightly spicy food. Milk and sugar in the coffee. Sweet beers (or something). Salad dressing on the bitter greens. Milk-chocolate (or smaller amount of dark), etc.
It isn't just taste preference.
Most people, for instance, that don't like coffee, don't like the strong bitterness of it. Some people actually find the taste and smell repulsive (nothing to do with the strong bitterness). The former has no idea if they would like coffee (not that there is an obligation or anything) while the latter can say they don't like the taste of coffee (and not just the bitterness).
Saying it's all down to some subjective preference that you are genetically predisposed to is simply inaccurate. Like saying you find books boring if you don't know how to read. And once again, I'm not saying there is some obligation to acclimatize yourself to various strong flavors... just, maybe people could start acting like that's the reason they don't like a lot of things?